Following the admission of South Sudan as a 6th member into the East African Community (EAC) Rwanda is eager to start exporting professional services there.
Some of the services Rwanda will be exporting to South Sudan according to the ministry of East African Community (MINEAC) include; ICT, legal, engineering, architectural, accounting and so many others. "The admission of South Sudan to the EAC is historical and important to the region. South Sudan presents a wider market for EAC and Rwanda in particular, which has interest in exporting agricultural and horticultural products to Juba," Valentine Rugwabiza, the Minister of EAC said.
According to the statement from East African Community Secretariat, President Salva Kiir Mayardit, of South Sudan, President Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, of Tanzania and the Chairperson of the EAC Heads of State Summit, last week in Dar es Salaam, signed the Treaty of Accession of South Sudan into the EAC.
At their 17th Ordinary Summit held on March, 2nd, 2016 in Arusha, the EAC Heads of State received the report of the Council of Ministers on the negotiations for the admission of the of South Sudan into the Community and decided to admit it as a new member.
The Summit then designated the Chairperson, President Magufuli, to sign the Treaty of Accession with South Sudan. According to Minister Rugwabiza, South Sudan with a population of 11 million has widened the regional EAC market to 162 million people, GDP for the EAC bloc is $160.7 billion from $147.5 billion.
"Joining the EAC will not only open up opportunities for South Sudan but will also facilitate and ease Rwanda’s entry and diversification into its huge market," said Rugwabiza. According to the ministry of East African Community (MINEAC), Rwanda is already cooperating with South Sudan in the fields of ICT, specifically with e-Government services and Cyber security. South Sudan becoming a member of EAC is aligned with Rwanda’s long term objectives of improving its trade and overall competitiveness with the region and beyond.
MINEAC adds that the latter’s entry into the bloc also means that there will be free flow of goods, services and persons to trade and undertake economic development in South Sudan. South Sudan now joins Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi and it will be part of the regional integration projects that have been the subject of discussion among member countries. Shortly after welcoming South Sudan into the bloc, President Magufuli directed the EAC secretariat to urgently develop a road map for fast tracking the integration of South Sudan into the activities, programs and projects of the EAC.
Source: The Rwanda Focus